About our Cyber Security
Associate Degree

The Cyber Security program gives students an opportunity to train in one of the fastest-growing areas in IT (Information Technology), known as Information Security and Security Assurance. The program covers a wide range of topics including computer forensics, ethical hacking, laws, policies, network security and physically securing systems in a data center. The curriculum is designed to aid students in preparing for many of the certification exams in the field.

The curriculum will include large amounts of hands-on experience along with simulation training and group/team-based learning to simulate a professional work environment.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the most popular certification exams, which include:

  • CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
  • CompTia Network+ Computing Technology Industry Association
  • CompTia Security+ Computing Technology Industry Association

The program provides students experience in network infrastructures, Cisco routers, Cisco switches, wireless routers, and security procedures, tools and software.

National Center of Academic Excellence

SMCC’s Cyber Security Program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency (NAS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The NSA and the DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program.

The Cyber Security Educational Center provides the community with information on our Cyber Security Program, courses, club activities and events. The Cyber Security Center provides links to give the latest information on cyber security vulnerabilities and breaches. To learn more, visit our Cyber Security Center webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Configure and maintain network infrastructures
  • Create and maintain security policies and procedures
  • Identify security threats in LAN (local area network), WAN (wide area network) and virtual environments
  • Write security procedures and policies
  • Computer hacking and forensic investigations

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
  • IT Help Desk
  • Incident Responder
  • Information Security Architect
  • Information Technology Support Specialist
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Deployment Engineer
  • Forensics Analyst
  • IT Support Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Software & Database Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


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